|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1802|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1862|
What is written here is not meant to support either side, the war has been over for 150 years. I'm not 'for' either side, I'm only 'for' my family, what is written here is the truth as we know it today.
Excerpted from a letter from Elbert S Longacre to his brother in Oregon, John Richard Longacre;
"I helped to bury the old gray-headed father and son (old Uncle John Longacre and Wiley) both in the same grave, they having been called to the door and shot by trash that should have been neighbors. But enough of that I grew sick of it and resolved to go where if blood was shed it was a two handed game; where man might at least have some chance to avenge his wrongs. And then I saw blood sure enough a little band we contend with from one to ten times our number on more than a hundred battlefields. If I had room I would tell more of the tiresome all night march, the charge, the retreat of dead and dying soldiers, of twice feeling the pang of the merciless lead."
July 11 1862;
After the Battle of Pleasant Hill, the Muster Roll was found on one of the bodies of a fallen Quantrill man. The Muster Roll listed Longacre, C. A., along with 90+ others. Major Thomas Houts had two copies made of the Muster Roll and sent the original and one copy to Br. General John Schofield at his head quarters for the Central Division of Missouri in Jefferson City, Missouri. Schofield failed to follow up on this list. We don't know what Major Houts did with his list. (Quantrill's Thieves- by Joseph K. Houts.)
July 17, 1862,
Oral family history;
"My mother did say that she remembers her grandparents saying that some members of the family went back to the place where John Longacre and his son were shot and they were shown a brick, or stone, chimney with what they were told was bloodstains on it. My mother said that they were told that John was forced to hold a lantern while the jayhawkers shot his son, and then John was shot and killed. This was in 1864".
"My mother (xxxxxx Longacre xxxxx) says she was told this story as a child by her grandparents, John Richard and Susan Emeline Longacre".
Reverend Andrew Nugent's notorious Union unit killed your ancestors John and Wiley Longacre. - Bruce Nichols
August 1, 1862;
Charles A. Longacre enlisted in the Confederate Army in Holden MO, maybe 15 miles from Pleasant Hill MO. He was recruited by Col. Cockrell, a relative.
August 16, 1862;
Battle of Lone Jack.
Charlie Longacre and several other Longacre men that had recently been recruited by the CSA were rushed to the Battle of Lone Jack. Only Lee Longacre was in a unit that was involved in the fighting.
Page 228 of Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri, 1862, by Bruce Nichols: "Dr. Ander's journal article lists Levi S. Copeland among the dead of 2ed Battalion Cavalry MSM from the Battle of Lone Jack Aug 16, 1862, with the rank of private, but Copeland's own unit records list him as associated with the Lone Jack fight as a 1st Lieutenant with the notation "made prisoner by the enemy." First Lieutenant Copeland had been a member of Lt. Colonel Andrew G. Nugent's home guard of the Cass-Bates County area in the bitter border fighting there at the start of the war. Nugent's unit was mustered in during spring of 1862 as the 2nd Battalion Cavalry MSM, and its members were held in contempt by the bitter border warfare. Quantrill's men, many from the same area in which Nugent's unit operated, would be very aware of this Yankee unit's reputation and possibly knew Copeland as well. Of course, this is not to presume 1st Lieutenant Copeland's guilt in the deeds charged him by Quantrill's men.
"In his memoir, Quantrill subordinate Bill Gregg. wrote that Quantrill's prisoner, 1st Lieutenant Levi S. Copeland of the 2nd Battalion Cavalry MSM, was still being held and had not been paroled like the other Lone Jack captives because he was accused of killing elderly southern men, including two by the name of Longacre in west Johnson County." – "A Little dab of History without Embellishment" 1906
Later in the book, Greg explains that Quantrill allowed one of his men whose father and brother had been murdered by Levi Copeland to execute Copeland. We believe this was Andy Blout, not a Longacre.
Benjamin Longacre (1761 - 1846)
Ruth Carter Longacre (1765 - 1830)
Pheba P. Thurlton Longacre (1801 - 1891)
Ruth Isabel Longacre (1824 - 1910)*
Sarah Eveline Longacre Simcock (1826 - 1855)*
Richard I Longacre (1827 - 1909)*
Benjamin William Longacre (1831 - 1862)*
John Kelly Longacre (1835 - 1909)*
Robert T. Longacre (1835 - 1855)*
Charles Andrew Longacre (1838 - 1907)*
William Nelson Longacre (1839 - 1899)*
Benjamin Longacre (1789 - 1853)*
Richard M. Longacre (1791 - 1871)*
Anna Longacre Howell (1794 - 1874)*
Rachel Longacre Hornsby (1795 - 1866)*
Phoebe Longacre Cluck (1798 - 1855)*
John Longacre (1802 - 1862)
Billinda Longacre Ray (1804 - 1889)*
July 11, 1802
aged 60 years
J. & P.P. Longacre
Feb. 27, 1831
aged 31 years
4 m. 10 da.
Bluff Springs Cemetery
Created by: Go Longacre
Record added: Sep 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42152208